Flashback: “Clocks” by Coldplay

I could think of no better song to wind up the year with, a time we’re all watching the clock, waiting for the year to end, and a new one to get started. Billboard-wise, this song peaked at #29 on the charts in 2003.

Happy New Year!

Back on 1/1/18 with the annual predictions….

The History Of NHL ’94

First, I hope everyone’s Christmas or “holiday of choice” was a good one. This is the third of three “sport shorts” I’ve been putting up on the blog the past three Wednesdays.

I used to love to play sports video games, and to some degree, I still do.  Two game series stand out from the 90’s when the gaming began to get much more realistic. One was the John Madden series of pro football games that still exists today. Then there’s the NHL series, which also still goes on to the present time.

You might be surprised to know that I thought the NHL games were slightly better, believe or not. Heck, the Madden games (correct me if I’m wrong) have never been in a movie, but the NHL series has. (Foot note: Wayne Gretzky was much better than Jeremy Roenick over time, but in the 1990’s, Wayne was fading, and Roenick was rising.)

Back to normal business next Wednesday as 2018 begins.

Flashback: “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” by Mitch Miller & The Gang

OK, so I’m a bit unusual…or am I a bit unique?

My favorite Christmas song has always been this song for some reason. Maybe because I was taught the song in school at an early age and I could always match up the numbers with the right lyrics, such as twelve lords a leaping.

I also find the older a version of “Twelve Days” that exists, the more I like it. Mitch Miller had one of the first number ones in the pop/rock era back in 1955 with his version of “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” in the middle of that year. He also had a TV show back in that era, with lyrics on the screen that moved with the help of a bouncing ball that followed the ancient on screen graphics of the era.

Merry Christmas…I’ll be back with a new entry on December 27th.

The Night Troy State Scored 258…Or, 253

Last Wednesday, this Wednesday, and next Wednesday, I’m doing this “mini-series” of sorts about odd moments from the sports world, as shown on YouTube. Last week, I mentioned the first bowl game ever played.

This week, I’d thought I’d delve into the first time a college basketball team, Troy State (now just known as Troy) racked up 200 or more points in a basketball game. The game was so odd that the other team, DeVry, scored 141 points in the same game, yet lost by over 100!

A Few Of Pauly’s Laws

  • Go out of your way to be nice to people at Christmas time. Some people appreciate you saying Merry Christmas, some like Happy Holidays. Make the effort, you have a 50/50 shot at getting it right. This supercedes all of my other laws.
  • Most women with blonde hair are brunettes in denial.
  • The dumbest question out there is the one you don’t ask.
  • During most of the year, if someone who doesn’t like you doesn’t have you on their radar, don’t do anything to get on it, because they might get off of yours.
  • If someone criticizes you for saying something they had recently said, there’s no choice. Call them out on it. You may lose face if you don’t.
  • If you like someone, don’t keep it to yourself…unless you’re married or have other attachments.
  • If someone makes a good point you hadn’t thought about, admit it.
  • When you’re with someone you love, just remember: we all look generally the same with out clothes off, but gravity is a real bitch, and if it hasn’t happened to you yet, give it time.
  • In baseball, a “grand slam home run” is redundant to say.
  • A friend in need isn’t a pest, but a pesty friend is always good to avoid if you can do it without ruffling feathers.
  • When faced with multiple tasks, and some seem difficult and others not so difficult, do the difficult ones FIRST. The smaller stuff will seem much smaller by comparison.
  • The best plans you can possibly have are the ones you keep to yourself.
  • What they said in The Godfather about not telling anyone what you’re thinking? It’s TRUE.
  • If it is to be, it’s up to me. If you make mistakes, admit them.
  • Never worry about things dealing with time, as in, “Why did so-and-so wait UNTIL now to talk to me?” You can’t control everything everyone else does, and with time, almost everything balances out.
  • Anything good can wait. Anything not good, it wouldn’t matter anyway.
  • If you think you have enough toilet paper, get more.
  • If you can’t close the lid of your garbage can, take it out. It’s trying to get away from you.
  • Always apologize when you burp or fart. Better to admit your guilt, because it happens to all of us.
  • If you have to think about whether or not you’re either farting or pooping, assume the latter.
  • Always tell the people you’re closest to that you love them. It’s not like they (or you) have an expiration date attached to them.
  • The God I know – I think he’d be very unhappy if people were killing others in his name.
  • Fake people always show themselves with time and persistence. It can’t constantly be hidden.

And that’s all I can think of for now…

Flashback: “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me” by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

Had to get this song with a “17” in before 2017 goes into history. This was a minor hit for Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons, hitting #13 in the charts in the summer of 1966.